It is often described as "unwelcome verbal and visual comments and remarks that insult individuals because of their gender or that use stimuli known or intended to provide negative emotions." refers to offensive sexual messages aimed towards a victim that are initiated by a harasser.Such offensive messages include gender-humiliating comments, rape threats, and sexual remarks which are unwelcome, and are neither invited nor consensual.
This is an area I’ve studied for more than 25 years, and one to which I have devoted considerable work, including for the nonprofit 1in6 - as a founding board member, long-time adviser and main writer for the website.
(Several pages on this site were first written for 1in6)As found on the menu (at right or bottom), this section has pages on statistics, some key facts that are still unknown to many people, how the impacts of such experiences can be different for males, how being male can make it hard to heal, potential long-term effects and some words of guidance and hope from other men who’ve been through this.
Other pages under Unwanted or Abusive Childhood Experiences and elsewhere on my site also provide information and resources that can be helpful to men dealing with this issue and those who care about them.
Individuals are increasingly beginning to use the Internet at younger ages and for a wider variety of reasons including in the school setting.
Particularly, the use of the Internet for social networking reasons and use in the school environment has created a dangerous outlet for sexual harassment Furthermore, the United States Department of Education has recognized Internet activity such as sending or showing e-mails, websites, and text messages of a sexual nature to be inappropriate sexual conduct that can potentially be actionable as sexual harassment in violation of Title IX.
Furthermore, the Court held that an employer may not disregard offensive messages posted on a company website when the employer is aware or should be aware of the messages.